Warriors vs. Grizzlies – Game Summary – May 4, 2022

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – – And Morant he struggled to see from his left eye after punching him and coming to a jump at the end of the third quarter.

Determined to make up for a missed potential winning pass at the end of the first game, the All-Star quarterback proved he could still find the basket.

Morant scored 47 points to equalize his post-season peak and take the Memphis Grizzlies to a draw in the Western Conference semifinals with a 106-101 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

He scored the last 15 points for Memphis, starting with 4:16. He drove and spun around the defender before hitting the 7-foot jumper with 1:42 to the finish and bringing Memphis into the lead and staying at 100-99. He finished with 18 in the fourth quarter until he could see well in one eye.

“That loss was on my mind a lot, I obviously missed that test late,” Morant said of his miss at the end of the game 1. “But coming in today, I told myself we needed a win, and we’re going to win. I just took it upon myself to go there and do it for us.”

The NBA’s most advanced player, who also had 47 in Game 2 against Utah last year, he became only the third player in league history to have more games than 45 points in the postseason before he turns 23. The other two? LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

“It’s not just about the games,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “It’s just the power he plays with, the spirit he plays with. It’s contagious. I said that from day one. Like, you know it’s going to be built for moments like this, and this is super impressive.”

Ziaire William hit four three-pointers and finished with 14 points from the bench. Jaren Jackson Jr.. scored 12 points before dropping out of the game for the third time in eight games this postseason. Brandon Clarke added 10 points.

Now the youngest team to reach the semifinals in 25 years is heading to San Francisco for Game 3 on Saturday night knowing the series will return to Memphis for Game 5 with Morant at the helm.

“I’m a very great player,” Clarke said.

Stephen Curry finished with 27 points in 3-of-11 offshore shooting. Jordan Poole he added 20 from the bench but was 1 of 6 out of 3. Andrew Wiggins had 16, going 1 out of 7 out of 3. Klay Thompson finished with 12 points and was 2 of 12 out of 3. The Warriors hit just 7 of 38 out of a 3-point range.

The Warriors had their chances in the semifinals for the seventh time in 10 years. Lagging 104-101, Curry added to Green, who tossed it to Thompson, who traveled with 17 seconds to go. Morant hit two free throws for the final margin.

The Grizzlies are coming from their first win in a series of franchises in seven years. But the NBA’s second-youngest team during the regular season is trying to take Memphis to the second round, which this franchise did only in 2013.

It wasn’t easier when Dillon Brooksan average of 15 points this postseason and whose job it was to defend Curry, was knocked out with 9:08 by the end of the first quarter after hitting the Warriors guard Gary Payton II over the head. Payton went for an X-ray that showed a broken left elbow. They will have an MRI on Wednesday.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr said that basketball in the playoffs is expected to be physical, but he called Brooks’ foul “dirty.”

“Dillon Brooks broke the code,” Kerr said. “That’s how I see it.”

Draymond Green, kicked out of Game 1 for his Flagrant 2, fell minutes later. He went to the locker room, flashing the middle digit on each hand toward the fans. He returned to the second quarter after getting stitches due to a cut on his right eye that was almost swollen by halftime.

Memphis scored the first eight points of the game and led 33-25 after a busy first quarter with Morant for 14. The second quarter was at times a bit sloppy with the Warriors who 2 out of 11 went out of arc with five turnovers. The Grizzlies led 56-51 at halftime.

Curry and Poole boosted a big third quarter in the first game, combining by 23 points. This time, Curry scored four and Poole six, but Golden State finished third in the series 13-3 and tied at 77. Morant got hit in the face in the final seconds and went to the bench saying he can’t help but see with his left eye .

Golden State took the first lead of the game in the first minute of the fourth on a Poole pass, with the Warriors leading as many as 81-77. Memphis responded with a 9-2 run consecutive 3s from Williamswho missed the last two playoff games due to a sore right knee.

TIP-INS

Warriors: They now have 39-34 in Game 2 and 18-9 since the 2015 playoffs … Thompson’s first three was his 400th in the playoffs. Only Curry and James have more. … They beat Memphis, tying their post-season high for the second game in a row 52-47.

Grizzlies: Morant broke a run of six consecutive double-doules, making him the youngest in 30 years with such a long run in one postseason. … Jackson tied Zach Randolph for third place on the list of blocks in the franchise’s career in the postseason with his 24th minute in the third quarter. … They shot 14 of 45 out of 3.

EXCLUSIVE COMPANY

Morant became the first NBA player to score his goal the final 15 points or more teams in winning the playoffs since James scored the last 25 for Cleveland in the 5th game of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against Detroit. Morant says Curry told him after the first game that this was going to be a battle and he was going to have some fun.

“I always say this is my favorite match to play against a guy like him, great talent,” Morant said. “Yes, it will be a battle.”

IN THE CROWD

Michigan coach Tom Izzo was in a game with three former Spartans in this game, including Green. Izzo posed for a photo before the match with Xavier Tillman senior and Jackson.

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